Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice
is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one
might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether
shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Groton,
the Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
More people in Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd choose to walk to work each day
(79.7%) than almost any neighborhood in America. If you are
attracted to the idea of being able to walk to work, this neighborhood
could be a good choice.
Also, a unique way of commuting is simply not to. And in the Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd
neighborhood, analysis shows that 13.6% of the residents work
from home, avoiding a commute altogether. This may not seem like a large number,
but it is a higher proportion of people working from home than is found in
97.6% of the neighborhoods in the United States.
One thing NeighborhoodScout's research reveals is that the wealthier and/or
more isolated the neighborhood, the greater the proportion of residents who
choose to work from home.
Notable & Unique: People
Of note is NeighborhoodScout's research finding that the
Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd neighborhood has some of the lowest rates of children
living in poverty of any neighborhood in the United States. In a nation
where approximately 1 in 4 children are living in poverty, the
Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd community truly stands out from the rest in this regard.
In addition, one of the really interesting characteristics about the
Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd neighborhood is that, according to NeighborhoodScout's
exclusive research, it is an excellent choice in which to reside for
college students. Due to its popularity among college students who
already choose to live here, its walkability, and its above average
safety from crime, the neighborhood is ideal for prospective or
already-enrolled college students. Between semesters and during
school breaks, you'll notice that the excitement here fluctuates with
the college seasons. Despite the excitement however, parents of college-age
children can rest easy knowing that this
neighborhood has an above average safety rating. For each of these
reasons, the neighborhood is rated among the
top 1.2% of college-friendly places to live in
the state of Connecticut.
Also, of particular note, 4.3% of the people in the Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd
neighborhood currently reside in a correction facility, held due to
punishment for a crime.
Finally, an extraordinary 14.2% of the residents of the
Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd neighborhood are currently enrolled in college. This is
such a large part of life in this neighborhood that the neighborhood changes
a great deal with the change of semesters and is far quieter during
the summer when many students are away.
Notable & Unique: Migration / Stability
The freedom of moving to new places versus the comfort of home. How much
and how often people move not only can create diverse and worldly neighborhoods,
but simultaneously it can produce a loss of intimacy with one's surroundings
and a lack of connectedness to one's neighbors. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive
research has identified this neighborhood as unique with regard to the
transience of its populace.
In the Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd neighborhood, a greater proportion of
the residents living here today did not live here five years ago than is
found in 99.9% of U.S. Neighborhoods. This neighborhood,
more than almost any other in America, has new residents from other areas.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
With 70.9% of employed workers living in the
Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd neighborhood active in the military, this neighborhood has
the distinction of having a higher proportion of people in the military
than 99.9% of American neighborhoods. This is a major
shaper of the neighborhood's culture and character.
Furthermore, neighborhoodScout's exclusive research identifies the Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd
neighborhood as having one of the highest concentrations of people employed
in manufacturing or as laborers of any neighborhood in America. In fact,
despite the loss of manufacturing jobs nationally, this neighborhood has
58.8% of its working residents employed in such fields, which is a
higher proportion than 99.9% of American neighborhoods.
In addition, the government often provides some of the more stable jobs in the economy.
From local, to state, to federal government workers, the government can
also be a major employer. What NeighborhoodScout's analysis revealed, is
that the Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd neighborhood in particular stands out
when compared nationally for the proportion of its working residents who
are employed by the government. At 17.6% of its workforce, this
neighborhood has a greater concentration of government workers than
98.2% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Length of Commute
Regardless of the means by which residents commute, this neighborhood has
a length of commute that is notable.
Residents of the Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd neighborhood have the pleasure
of having one of the shortest commutes to work of any neighborhood in
America. 85.8% of the residents have a commute time from
home to work (one way) of less than fifteen minutes. This is a higher
proportion of residents enjoying a short trip to work than NeighborhoodScout
found in 99.8% of U.S. neighborhoods. Less time commuting
means more time for other things in life.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd neighborhood has more
Finnish and British ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 2.5% of
this neighborhood's residents have Finnish ancestry and 2.0% have British ancestry.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
In addition, most neighborhoods have a mixture of ages of homes in them, from new to old, but this neighborhood stands out due to its concentration of residential real estate built in one time frame: from 1940 through 1969, generally considered older, well-established homes. This was a busy time in America for home construction. After the end of World War II, as GIs came home, bought newly built homes on the edges of cities with the help of the GI Bill, and began their families. This housing era generally coincides with the 'Baby Boom' generation (1945 - 1964), and many baby boomers grew up in homes built in this era. But what is so interesting about the Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd neighborhood, is that an incredible 100.0% of the homes here were built in this era. So when you walk its streets or drive through, this neighborhood has a look and feel that harkens to that era in American life, a very important slice of Americana.
Furthermore, renter-occupied real estate is dominant in the Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd neighborhood. The percentage of rental real estate here, according to exclusive NeighborhoodScout analysis, is 100.0%, which is higher than 99.4% of the neighborhoods in America. If you were to buy and live in the property you bought here, you would be almost alone in doing so. Vacant homes and apartments are a significant characteristic of this neighborhood. In fact, with 70.0% of the residential real estate vacant, the Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd neighborhood claims the distinction of having a higher vacancy rate than 99.7% of the neighborhoods in America. This can either be because much of the property is seasonally occupied, like in many vacation areas, or that much of the real estate is more permanently abandoned.
Also of note, this Military Hwy / Crystal Lake Rd neighborhood has earned the amazing distinction of having one of the highest rates of detached, single-family homes of any neighborhood in the U.S. With 100.0% of the residential real estate here made up of free-standing single-family homes, there is a greater proportion of single-family homes here than in 99.3% of all neighborhoods in America.